Program Overview

Strong communication skills are essential for organizational leaders. Rider University’s M.A. in Business Communication gives students the tools to successfully lead organizations, even in turbulent times. Our graduates leave understanding crisis communication, team and organizational communication, effective presentations and much more.

This program provides graduate students with the ability to think and write strategically with a clear, concise and compelling message in support of an organization's mission. In addition to mastering written, verbal and group communication, students will also learn about social media planning, legal and ethical implications of communication on a large-scale, diversity in the workplace and organizational culture and storytelling. These advanced skills are critical for those aspiring to senior positions.

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Program Requirements

Our 33-credit M.A. in Business Communication includes courses from Rider’s Norm Brodsky College of Business, which holds prestigious accreditation by AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

Coursework is ideally scheduled for working professionals, featuring evening classes.

Lead with Integrity

Given the need for effective communication in every profession, our graduates find a variety of career choices.

Common Careers

  • C-Suite Leadership positions
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Transportation/Travel
  • Crisis Communication
  • Press Secretary
Nikki Scalia Savard '16, Business Communication alumna
A week after I received my Master of Arts in Business Communication and showed my company my capstone research, I got promoted at work. Every second of the program was worth it!
Nikki Scalia '16
Business Communication (M.A.)

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Accelerate Your Degree

Earn a Master of Arts in Business Communication in just 5 years through our accelerated degree program. 

Rider’s Master of Arts in Business Communication (MABC) program, emphasizing communication excellence and leadership, allows qualifying students to begin graduate studies at no extra cost while still completing undergraduate work. If you begin while a senior, you can complete the program in one additional year.

The MABC will strengthen your communication skills and prepare you for a career in any kind of business or organizational setting. The program introduces students to best practices in business communication and engages them in “real life” current issues and scenarios faced by professionals on the job.

Areas of study include professional development, global insights, leadership and teamwork as well as graduate-level courses from Rider’s College of Business. The 33-credit curriculum can be completed in one year including summers.  Classes are offered weekday evenings, enabling students to earn their degree while working full-time.

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Flexible Learning Options for Adults

Rider also offers a flexible online version of this program tailored to fit the busy schedules and learning needs of non-traditional, adult learners.


Business Communication (M.A.)

Allison Weidhaas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director M.A. Business Communication and M.A. Health Communication

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aweidhaas [at]

(609) 896-5106

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